Trent Alexander-Arnold reflected on Sunday’s 3-2 loss to West Ham United by ruing Liverpool’s failure to execute their game plan.
The Reds fell to their first defeat of the season as David Moyes’ team came out on top at London Stadium to end the visitors’ 25-match unbeaten streak across all competitions.
The Hammers took the lead via an Alisson Becker own goal early on, before Alexander-Arnold levelled matters with a superb free-kick in the latter stages of the first half.
But Pablo Fornals and Kurt Zouma made it 3-1, prior to Divock Origi grabbing what would prove to be only a consolation late on.
Alexander-Arnold told Liverpoolfc.com: “Very [frustrating], on all fronts really. We never played the football we wanted to, of course never got the result that we wanted to, so yeah, it is frustrating.
“We’re disappointed in ourselves. We came here with a game plan, we never executed it at all, we played into their hands a lot, especially in the second half, and got sucked into their game.
“We allowed them set-pieces, counter-attacks - that’s exactly what they want to do, so we never did what we needed to do to win the game here today.”
Read on for the rest of our post-match interview with the No.66…
On what parts of the game plan the team were unable to execute…
Breaking them down really. They defended really well. We struggled to break them down and didn’t create too many chances. All in all, it was a bit slow, a bit lethargic from us. We played some decent football in the first half but coming out in the second half we never played the way we needed to to win the game.
On whether he felt the first goal should have been disallowed…
I didn’t particularly see it but there was a load of players around Ali and you could see from how they were lining up before it was even taken they were going to put multiple players on Ali and put it into that area. I think it’s one of those that can go either way in this day and age. Of course, we’re going to say it was a foul and they’re going to say it’s not, that’s just the way football is. The decision never went our way. We reacted well and got the equaliser but like I said, second half it wasn’t good enough.
On the disappointment of conceding two goals from corners…
Definitely. That’s something we talked about yesterday, we know West Ham are a really good set-piece team. Sometimes it’s difficult to stop them. We haven’t given them too many corners today, I think maybe they only had two all in all and they’ve scored from both of them. It was disappointing from us, we need to work on that and make sure that doesn’t happen again.
On his fantastic free-kick…
It’s always good to get on the scoresheet, especially with the state of the game. It was good to bring the team back into the game, get us level, but it ends in disappointment and it’s not about whether you get on the scoresheet or not. It’s about whether you win and it’s a disappointing day for us.
On the aim of bouncing straight back after the international break…
Exactly that, to be honest. Of course you learn your lessons from it, we’ve got to analyse what went wrong, but just like if we won it 3-2 today we have got to put this past us, learn what you need to learn, put it behind you and focus on the next game. It’s the internationals now so it’s about the lads coming back fit and healthy and we’ve got a massive game against Arsenal when we come back, so we’re looking forward to that.
The United manager was again the focus of attention after his team slipped to a sixth defeat in 12 matches across all competitions. Losing the Manchester derby means United are nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after just 11 games.
But despite growing speculation over Solskjaer’s future, there remains no indication from the club hierarchy that a change is imminent and as things stand he will be in charge for United’s next game.
That comes at Watford on November 20 and should the board’s existing position be maintained, the Norwegian will get another chance to improve the fortunes of a club who are 20-time English champions but have not won the title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2012-13 retirement season.
The City result followed a similarly one-sided home loss to arch-rivals Liverpool in the previous home game and is sure to test the resolve of United’s leadership as they hold regular talks during the international break. Those in power still want Solskjaer to succeed but it is unclear for how long that desire can override the reality.
The Reds faced a tough Premier League encounter on Sunday, coming up against the fourth-place Hammers at the London Stadium.
From minute one, Liverpool didn’t look to be at the races and they went on to suffer a depressing afternoon in east London.
In truth, this wasn’t a game littered with good displays, so we’ll focus on the other end of the spectrum.
Alisson (3.6) took home the dreaded lowest average rating, with the Brazilian lacking for all three goals.
TIA were left hugely disappointed with the Brazilian’s showing, saying he was “not strong or sure enough” for the opener and got worse from that point on.
The second-worst player on the day was Andy Robertson (4.7), who is experiencing a bad run of form at present time.
The Echo‘s Ian Doyle claimed the Scot “had an absolute stinker second half”, with pressure now on him to keep his place over Kostas Tsimikas.
Also in the bottom-three was Diogo Jota (5.2), who failed to make a notable impact in the capital.
The Portugal international lost eight duels, according to FotMob, and he only played 17 accurate passes throughout his 76-minute showing.
And Liverpool’s highest-rated player was Trent Alexander-Arnold (6.3), largely due to his beauty of a free-kick.
Even he was far from blameless, however, with TIA noting that he was “sleeping for the third goal,” with Kurt Zouma ghosting in at the back post.
It’s now time for yet another international break – how many have there been this season! – with the Reds returning to action at home to Arsenal on November 20 (5.30pm GMT).